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From the logo and between the legs, Luka Doncic ‘put on a show’ in Slovenia’s latest win

COLOGNE, Germany — Luka Doncic didn’t play his typical stretch of minutes Saturday in the Slovenian national team’s 103-88 win over Hungary in the EuroBasket group stage.

But he still found plenty of time to create ridiculous highlights.

Nutmegging a defender in transition to toss a no-look alley-oop assist and skip around the court?


A series of three 3-pointers in the third quarter, punctuated with a call and swish from the mid-court EuroBasket logo?

That, too.

Doncic did a bit of everything in Slovenia’s second game to start this prestigious European championship tournament. In 19 minutes, he tallied 20 points while shooting 8 of 11 from the floor and added seven assists, seven rebounds, one steal and one block.

What a show for the courtside Mavericks’ crew — which included head coach Jason Kidd, general manager Nico Harrison and assistant general manager Michael Finley — and the droves of Slovenia fans who filled the Lanxess Arena sections near the team’s bench and broke out often into “M-V-P” chants for their favorite superstar.

“He doesn’t care if he’s playing Hungary or the final of the EuroBasket,” Slovenia coach Aleksander Sekulic said. “He’s going to put on a show. .. This is like his playground. He has to have fun.”

Doncic’s standout production allowed Slovenia to coast through the second half — a luxury in the Group B that FIBA has referred to as the “Group of Death” — and rest him for the fourth quarter with the second half of this back to back, Sunday against Bosnia and Herzegovina, looming about 20 hours after the final buzzer.

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